GIANT CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1062 BOSKYDELL RD
CARBONDALE, IL 62902
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Phone: 618-457-5391
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Giant City Ccsd 130
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 26.7
  • Number Students: 240
  • Number Teachers: 24
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5458
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 50
  • Principal: Ms Belinda Hill
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (14 ratings)
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    School Reviews (11 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-11
    "All my children attended Giant City. It is a small country school with lots of politics. Due to a decline in student population and funding, several classes are being combined to create multi-age classrooms with two grade levels per classroom. This tactic increases classroom size and complexity. I believe it hinders learning for some students. It also makes it harder on those children who need extra attention to keep up with class. The 2013 tax referendum did not pass, and the school is financially stressed. Last school year, the heat in the school was not turned on until December. Students and teachers wore coats in the classroom. Families are leaving the district to go to schools with better teaching and extra-curricular opportunities. Some are leaving because of the politics. It is my opinion there is a serious lack of leadership with the new administrator."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-04
    "Overall this is a great school. I would recommend it to anyone moving into the district. My child attend K-8 and did really well there. We just got a new Superintendent/Principal so everything is in a transition period but feel that everything will settle in before too long. There is always petty stuff that goes on in any school but I feel the teachers and the board truly care about the school and the kids."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-23
    "Giant City School is a rare find in the Carbondale, IL area. It is small school that will grow in classroom size in the 2013/2014 school year. It offers mostly female teachers and more male teachers are beginning to come in. The Superintendent is an asset to the school and there are newly elected board members eager to grow Giant City School. The Tax Referendum did not pass so the class room sizes will grow. The school strives to grow strong and do all it can for the children at the school. It is a place you need to go see for yourself to see if it meets the needs of your family. We are one of those families that are leaving this school year. It is true that small town politics are a factor to consider, however, this school is what you make it and what you put into it. It can be great and parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed at this school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-22
    "My children attended GCS for four years. This school is ruled by small town politics. The newly hired superintendent is weak and caters to a small group of the elementary grade teachers and the board members. In public, the board members say their job is to approve the superintendent s recommendations, while they tell her what to recommend behind the scenes. And if the superintendent disagrees, she is told her recommendation will not be supported. So in actuality, the board is running the school. It is a clever way for the board members to avoid public scrutiny and backlash. Instead, they all say they just voted for the Superintendent s recommendations. I am extremely disappointed in the way this school is being operated. It is more about the drama of the day than about educating students, and about helicopter parents interfering with the educational process. I believe much of this type of activity is what is steadily driving enrollment down and why people are leaving the district. Carbondale should really take a closer look at consolidating Giant City with Unity Point. A few more years of declining enrollment, and they might not have a choice."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-07-21
    "This school has seriously lacked leadership within the last few years. It appears that there are a few people running the school--who have no business doing so and the administration does nothing to stop them. It is not a warm and inviting place to be--unless you are the select few who run the place. Go against them in any way and your child will be blackballed. I have been very disappointed."
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